I aced my stress test yesterday. That means I can dance my heart out. That’s not what this post is about. Today’s writing addresses the question many have asked, “What do I do for my complexion?” I am not an expert, except I’ve been taking care of my skin for lots, and lots, and lots of years. It took a long time, but I think I finally figured out how to protect, smooth and give my dry, aging skin a glow. It’s my pleasure to share the process. Here’s the scoop:

Do not use a product with fragrance, ever,

Face: Never use soap on your face. Only use face wash, warm water, use your hands to foam up and clean, rinse off, pat dry. Products: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Clinque has one too. As long as they are gentle, it will be fine. Facial scrubs are important, maybe once a week. Mary Kay’s is good, they have one for the hands too. I’m not raving though. I haven’t seen any difference, except it does get rid of dead skin. I do my arms too. The scrub prepares the skin to accept creams.

Dr. DennisGross Universal Daily peel

Face Peel, this one recommends everyday. I don’t use it everyday, but you can decide what works for you. Tom has used it too. Follow directions. It’s 2 Steps, Dr Dennis Gross skincare, original formula Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, now known as Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel – Dr. Dennis Gross Skin (Sephora $16 for 5 packs). You save some money if you buy 30 packs or more. Check it out with this link above.

Lancome Renergie Lift Multiaction Night

Night treatment: Lancôme Night cream (expensive, but works well) I also use it on my arms, legs and feet.



Capture Totale La Creme Multi Perfection Day or night or both



Day treatment: Dior Capture Totale La Creme Multi Protection and Capture Totale Dream Skin (expensive, but magical),

Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin day and night treatment

It’s up to you to play around. Nothing is as good as surgery, Botox and filler, but these creams can be a practical substitute.
Buy any of these products at your local department store, or Sephora, or online.

What do you think? You probably know that any of the stores that sell these products will advise you, maybe even give you samples. I recently refound Mary Kay. They give samples. I have a terrific young sales woman, Rachel Powers, who believes in the product. She will come to your home and demonstrate and give samples. Their eye cream is quite good. I have trouble though with all eye creams. It sneaks into my eyes and blurs my vision. Even if I don’t touch my eyes, those creams seems to bother me. I have tried other eye creams as well, it doesn’t seems to matter. So I am not using them at the moment. Keeping wrinkles at bay is a good idea. Once they come and are deep, it’s hard to smooth them out. Your routine is important.

I currently use all the products here and find them to be amazing.

Please, let me know what you think and if you have any questions about my progress and thoughts.

Renaissance Revival: The Racquet and Tennis Club NYC

Renaissance Revival: The Racquet and Tennis Club NYC

1918 Racquest and Tennis Club NYC

Tennis on my mind. The Australian Open begins the tennis season in January in a summer place, while we have snow and ice surrounds here in the Northeast. I’ve been involved with tennis since 1973, so I’ve seen it have those swings, pardon the pun, from hot to cold, and I’m not talking about temperature. Tennis courts so busy, you couldn’t find one to play on, to so many courts and no one interested to play. This has come full circle. Tennis is in again. Play tennis . . . a great exercise and mind challenging game. In 1918, NYC’s Racquet and Tennis club, designed by McKim, Mead and White, very much the palace style of architecture,

Racquet and Tennis club 370 Park Avenue, NYC-

Renaissance Revival. A popular style in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Italian Renaissance Revival

Identifiable Features

  • Low-pitched hipped or flat roof.
  • Symmetrical facade.
  • Masonry construction.
  • Impressive size and scale.
  • Round arch entrance and windows.
  • Classical details: columns, pilasters.
  • Roof line parapet or balustrade.
  • Arcaded and rusticated ground level.


Surprised me, I have never visited this beautiful club in NYC. After all, I’m a certified USPTA tennis teaching pro, and have played tennis in most states, and in London, and Bangladesh. And I taught History of Architecture at the university level. I wonder how many pros have been there?

On the fourth and fifth floors what is really special about the Racquet Club is on display. On the south end are two court tennis courts, something like indoor tennis courts but with some odd angles and sloping walls. Court tennis involves rebounds off all four walls, changing boundaries, second chances and other arcane rules more like chess than regular tennis.A link from Google Maps for your perusal. The roof is glass: http://bit.ly/2j9Zy0p,

The interior contained three dining rooms, a billiard room, library, lounge, gymnasium, four squash courts, two court tennis (real tennis) courts, and two racquets courts. Today, there are four International squash courts, one North American doubles squash court, one racquets court, and the two court (real) tennis courts.

On July 13, 1983, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The club sold its air rights on Park Avenue to a developer a number of decades ago, resulting in the unusual sight, for New York, of a glass-clad skyscraper rising in the middle of the block, immediately behind the club.

If it interests you to know details, Wikipedia has a handle on them.

Racquet and Tennis Club – Wikipedia

Looks like a fun place. What do you think?



Adam&Eve Shamed by Michael, the Angel illustration by Gail Ingis in “Seeking Paradise” by Deborah Galiley

Ever think about how the Bible is written? Is it character driven? What does it mean to be character driven? Well, if you know Michael Hague’s HERO’S JOURNEY (example: Finding Nemo),

Father Finding Nemo

you know about character driven. You must choose when writing fiction, especially romance. You must have a main character, maybe two, with secondary characters.

So how do you choose one or two characters in the Bible with so many to choose from. Adam and Eve and their kids? Imagine what drove them and how it all turned out. Who are those two brothers? Cain and Abel. A story could be written about either one, and the emotions that drove them. Imagine hating your brother so much that you dispose of him. In the days of the great sacrifice, Abel was the keeper of the flocks and Cain the tiller of the ground.

Cain & Abel offerings

Cain’s offering to the Lord was the fruit of the ground, but the Lord had greater regard for Abel’s offering of the firstlings of his flock and their fat portions and no regard for Cain’s offering. Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. The Lord asked Cain, “Why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, it shall be lifted up.” A bloodless offering was perfectly acceptable, but it was Cain’s attitude of unbelief and his denial of the murder of his brother that displeased the Lord.

Genesis 4:9 And the LORD said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said I know not, Am I my brother’s keeper? (A blatant lie, did Cain think he could hide from the Lord?)

What did Cain gain by getting rid of his brother? In the end, the Lord banished him, the murder was pervasive, horror followed him everywhere. He was a broken man. If you are broken, everything and everyone will be broken.

Who are your characters? What drives them?  Pretty big story, this Cain and Abel. Can you begin to piece it all together and see what some of the details of Cain’s life might have been? There was no HEA in his life. Did he change as a result of this tragedy? I can’t find anything in the Bible to say that he did. Cain had no Lord in his life, but he did have tragedy, and lots and lots and lots of children.

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Pirate watching over the undersea scene

Cold Arizona sparkled with lights, poinsettia trees and blazing sunsets. We were prepared with warm clothes, warm greetings and family hugs.

Arizona’;s JW Marriott’s Desert Ridge Resort & Spa underwater scene celebrated the holidays with a theme made from hundreds of pounds of glistening gumdrops, chocolate, sugary icing and tons of gingerbread dough that brought a parade of onlookers, and us! Met the main chef who explained they began this tedious work months ago, and took about three months to assemble. The pastry team, consisting of 10 pastry chefs, spent more than 400 hours crafting this year’s beautiful theme.

Super Chef







Santa Claus’s mailbox

The weatherman is calling for chilling temperature tonight here at home finally, after this warm weather we have had since our return from cold Arizona.

In spite of the weather, family warmed up our visit. It was great seeing our kids and other relatives. We were busy with sites and sounds of the holidays in Phoenix and Scottsdale. The lights sparkled, and the poinsettia trees are gorgeous.

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